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HHS Finalizes HIPAA Amendments to Allow Reporting of Certain Mental Health Information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System

On January 6, 2016, HHS published a final rule to modify the HIPAA Privacy Rule to expressly permit certain HIPAA covered entities to disclose to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) the identities of individuals who are subject to a federal “mental health prohibitor” that disqualifies them from shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving … Continue Reading

ONC Corrects EHR Certification Criteria Final Rule

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published a notice correcting errors and clarifying provisions of its October 16, 2015 rule that finalized the 2015 edition health information technology certification criteria and a new 2015 Edition Base Electronic Health Record (EHR) definition.… Continue Reading

HHS, Treasury Issue Guidance on ACA State Innovation Waivers

The Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Treasury have issued joint guidance on Affordable Care Act (ACA) “Section 1332” waivers, through which states can apply to implement alternative mechanisms to provide access to health care for their residents if certain conditions are met.  Under the ACA, Section 1332 waivers can only be approved … Continue Reading

HHS Posts Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda Listing Rules in Pipeline

The Obama Administration has released its latest regulatory agenda, which lists major pending or planned regulatory actions and the anticipated timing of rulemaking activity. The agenda includes numerous pending HHS proposed and final rules affecting a wide range of policy areas, including Medicare payment rules, fraud and abuse authorities, the 340B drug pricing program, and … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Updates Rules for ACA Grandfathered Health Plans

On November 18, 2015, the Obama Administration published final regulations to update requirements for group health plans and health insurance issuers under the ACA, particularly with regard to the changes they can make to the terms of their plan/coverage while retaining their “grandfathered” status. The regulations also address preexisting condition exclusions, lifetime and annual dollar … Continue Reading

HHS Publishes Proposed Rule on Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

On September 8, 2015, HHS published a wide-ranging proposed rule to implement Section 1557 the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in any health program or activity that receives financial assistance from or is administered by HHS or any entity created under … Continue Reading

Agencies Release Proposed Overhaul of the Common Rule

On September 2, 2015, sixteen federal departments and agencies, including the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule to modernize regulations governing human research subjects under the Common Rule (45 C.F.R. Part 46). Under the current regulations, the Common Rule applies to all research involving human subjects that is conducted … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Finalizes Regulations on ACA Coverage of Preventive Services, Including Contraceptive Services

The Obama Administration published final regulations on July 14, 2015 that implement Affordable Care Act requirements regarding coverage without cost sharing of certain preventive services, including contraceptive services. The regulations, jointly issued by the Departments of Health, Labor, and Treasury, finalize three earlier rulemakings:… Continue Reading

HRSA Issues 340B Drug Discount Program Civil Money Penalty Proposed Rule

On June 17, 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued a proposed rule to implement civil money penalty (CMP) provisions added to section 340B of the Public Health Service Act as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rule addresses three primary issues: (i) the calculation of the 340B “ceiling price” … Continue Reading

HHS Issues Spring 2015 Regulatory Agenda

The Administration has updated its regulatory agenda, which lists major pending or planned regulatory actions and the anticipated timing of rulemaking activity. The agenda lists numerous pending HHS proposed and final rules in a range of policy areas, including Medicare payment updates, 340B drug pricing policies, and changes to fraud and abuse authorities, among many others.… Continue Reading

HHS Solicits Comments on Use of Health Plan Identifier in E-Health Transactions

Today HHS published a request for public comments regarding the health plan identifier (HPID), including the requirements regarding health plan enumeration, and the requirement to use the HPID in electronic health care transactions. Specifically, HHS is seeking information regarding the following: The HPID enumeration structure outlined in the September 5, 2012 HPID final rule, including … Continue Reading

Final Rule Implements HIV Organ Policy Equity Act

On May 8, 2015, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) published a final rule to implement the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act (HOPE Act), which modifies standards related to Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (OPTN) acquisition of organs from individuals known to be infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Under the final rule, organs from … Continue Reading

OMB Reviewing New HRSA 340B Omnibus Guidelines

Today the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) officially requested White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review of new “omnibus guidelines” on the 340B drug discount program. While the guidelines are not yet available to the public, the document will presumably fulfill HRSA’s pledge last year to address “key policy issues raised by … Continue Reading

HRSA Moving Ahead on 340B Program Enforcement Rule, Including Manufacturer CMPs for Overcharges to 340B Entities

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking White House review of its proposed rule to implement new Affordable Care Act 340B drug discount program enforcement authorities and pricing policies. More than four years after soliciting comments on the planned rulemaking, the HRSA proposal will address its authority to impose civil monetary penalties (CMPs) on … Continue Reading

HHS Publishes Proposed Stage 3 EHR Incentive Program, Health IT Certification Rules

On March 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its proposed rule on Stage 3 meaningful use criteria, which focus on the advanced use of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology to promote improved outcomes for patients. The proposed rule would establish the requirements that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Finalizes Health Insurance Wraparound Coverage Rule

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury published a final rule on March 18, 2015 that amends the definition of excepted benefits to allow group health plan sponsors, in limited circumstances, to offer wraparound coverage to individuals who are purchasing individual health insurance in the private market, including through the Affordable Care … Continue Reading

Stage 3 EHR Incentive Program, Health IT Certification Rules at OMB

HHS has sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final regulatory clearance a proposed rule on Stage 3 meaningful use criteria for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The Stage 3 rule will focus on advanced use of EHR technology to promote improved outcomes for patients, … Continue Reading

HHS Posts Fall 2014 Regulatory Agenda

The Administration has posted its fall regulatory agenda listing major pending or planned regulatory actions and anticipated timing of rulemaking. The agenda lists numerous pending HHS proposed and final rules in a range of policy areas, including Medicare payment updates, revisions to provider conditions of participation, and changes to fraud and abuse authorities, among many others. … Continue Reading

FY 2016 Federal Financial Participation Matching Amounts Released

HHS has published the FY 2016 Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP), Enhanced FMAP, and disaster-recovery FMAP adjustments. These percentages, which will apply from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016, apply in determining the federal matching for state expenditures for Medicaid and certain other medical and other social services.… Continue Reading

Presidential Bioethics Commission Seeks Comments on Ethical Implications of Public Health Response to Ebola Outbreak & Other Emergencies

On December 8, 2014, HHS is publishing a notice announcing that the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues is requesting public comment on ethical considerations related to public health emergency response, focusing on the current Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemic. In particular, the Commission is examining: U.S. public policies that restrict association or … Continue Reading

NIH Releases Proposed Rule on FDAAA Requirements for ClinicalTrials.Gov Registration and Results Submission

NIH has just released a proposed rule that would clarify and expand requirements for the submission of clinical trial registration and results information, including adverse event information, to the ClinicalTrials.gov database in conformance with the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). The rule would implement the statutory requirement for the submission of … Continue Reading

HRSA Withdraws Pending 340B Rule, Plans New 2015 Rulemaking

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has officially withdrawn from Office of Management and Budget review a long-awaited proposed rule to establish comprehensive requirements for entities and manufacturers participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. HRSA notes in a web posting that it intends to issue proposed guidance for notice and comment in 2015 … Continue Reading

HHS OMHA Soliciting Suggestions for Reducing Medicare Appeals Backlog

The HHS Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) is seeking public comments on ways to address the substantial growth in the number of hearing requests being filed with OMHA and the backlog of pending cases. In particular, OMHA is seeking suggestions related to current OMHA initiatives or other recommendations for addressing the increased workload and/or backlog … Continue Reading

Draft HHS Guidance on Disclosing Risks in Standards of Care Research

On October 24, 2014, the HHS Office for Human Research Protections published a notice announcing that it is seeking comments on draft guidance for the research community entitled “Guidance on Disclosing Reasonably Foreseeable Risks in Research Evaluating Standards of Care.” The guidance addresses risks to subjects that are presented by research evaluating risks associated with … Continue Reading
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